Hey all - I have been using SkEye as my primary chart resource for about 4 months and it's been remarkably helpful. It doesn't overwhelm with every single star or object in the sky but it can be set up to show as many or as few objects as you want. Also, it's very easy to option in or out any number of parameters. Just super helpful for the new stargazer.
It's got a tracking option that allows you to attach it to a scope, make a 2-star alignment and suddenly now you have a push-to scope. On the surface, this is awesome. A free app that gives you an upgrade worth more than the cost of your scope!
BUT - there's always a but.... although I've had modest success, it always seems to experience an issue, "WARNING: Strange Magnetic Field Present".
The instruction is to restart your phone, wave the phone in a "figure 8", re-attach to OTA and repeat another alignment procedure. That'll work for a bit but then you get the same message and lose the alignment. Upon further digging, turns out the strange magnetic field is caused by metal objects....It says do not attach to metal structures....
MY ENTIRE XT10 TELESCOPE IS METAL!!!!! Would you have me attach it to the fiber-board rocker box?!? No, of course not. It's gotta be attached to the OTA and oriented toward the same general line of sight as your telescope.
Oh, I already know. "Jay, you can't expect an app on your (cheaper than most) phone to perform as a DSC setup or GoTo mount."
I know. But it does actually work. It's got a bit of a lag, but I can set it up and point it at a known object (using my red dot finder) and it eventually jogs the display to the object on the screen. Inevitably it experiences another magnetosphere error. Perhaps it's just my 3 year-old LG p.o.s. phone...
I just wonder if any of you have ever used such things with any success? I wanted to know how you shielded your phone/tablet to avoid such errors. Perhaps you mounted it on some sort of material that's non-conductive or some other solution? Has anyone ever tried such a thing with an elevated mount like the one I use with my finderscope? I have an extra single pad mount.
Maybe others have better apps or another way to get this one to work better?
I'm sure someone's gonna say, "It's a phone. Give it up." but don't be that guy! Thanks again for all your good help!!! Jay
Edited by jmillsbss, 09 September 2019 - 09:18 AM.